The long way to glory

Posted: September 25, 2011 in English, Japanese Arbeit, Wanderlust
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This is the english article, bitte hier klicken für die deutsche Version.

My 10-steps instruction of how a simple thing like printing one single page can turn into a 2 hours odyssey, where you will get to know nearly all of your campus and will make a lot of new friends!

Step 1: It is 10:30 and you want to print a page in your own dormitory, but the Internet doesn’t work. But hey, don’t worry you have to submit the paper by 1 o’clock (more then enough time) and you life next to your own University. So you decide to go to one of the many printing-places that are shown in your campus map!

Step 2: You arrive at the Building and everything is closed. You wonder what is going on and decide to go to another Building.

Step 3: After going the whole way up to the 6th floor you are standing outside of another closed Computer room. Confused as you are, you decide to go to the office and ask someone. There someone explains to you that there are only a few computer rooms open, because of the summer holidays. The nice and friendly person sends you to the closest available room which is on another building.

Step 4: After going to 3th floor you finally find the computer room that was shown to you. It has a nice note on it saying that this room is everyday open, except of today. You start to get a bit angry and you are rushing to the next office. Here they tell you to go to building number 14. Does the university actually have printer, or do they only send you from building to building until you eventually give up?

Step 5: The computer room in building number 14 is of course also in the 6th floor. Why should anybody bother to put the only room, that is in use during summer holidays on the ground floor. After walking an infinite number of stairs you actually manage to find a computer room that is not locked.  When you try to log into the computer, your password gets refused. Even after asking people around you, who by the way cannot speak your language and you not theirs, you still can’t log in.

Step 6: you are frustrated and decide to go to the building where you have to submit the sheet of paper that you want to copy so desperately (which is the building you just came from). You explain the people that you cannot make any copy and you cannot log in. You offer to send them an e-mail or a USB but they refuse and explain you that they cannot make exception. After 20 minutes discussions, that involve 3 different people at the same time, they explain you that there is another building in the east of the campus where you could print my page. But before you can actually print there something you have to buy your own paper. The shop however where you can buy paper is on the opposite direction of the campus. NO EXCEPTIONS! So you are going…

Step 7: On the way to the shop your frustration changes into a feeling of challenge. You  have about one hour left before you the office closes, can you make it? You are nearly running now. You are buying quickly the Paper and then building number 24! You have to find it. You are looking on a map, where you can only find building number 25. Well it should be next to it. When you arrive at number 25 you can see the building 24, but there is no way to get to it. You try to go around it and you get lost.

Step 8: The time is running away, you are asking someone on the street for building 24. He is leading you back to building 25 and shows you a little path how to get to your main goal. On the way to building 24, your new tour guide is telling you stuff about Japan, the university, everything, but you don’t understand anything and you just smile.

Step 9: Building 24! It seems completely empty. Every door is locked. You get to the 3rd floor. You here voices. As soon as you see a person you tell them that you want to print something. They already expected you, someone from Building 7 called them and said that there is a desperate German boy, who wants to print a page. They show you a computer and help you to log in. You use your paper, which you just bought and….you print one little page!!!

Step 10: You arrive at 12:33 at the office, where you have to submit the copy! Mission accomplished…you have never been that proud of yourself!

  1. […] is the German article please click here for the English article. Meine 10 Schritte Anweisung, wie eine einfache Sache wie das Kopieren von […]

  2. Maggie Leon Garcia says:

    Hahaha Sooooo funny sorry, I know it wasn’t funny for you at the time but hey you just know where the open computer room is. Quite a challenge!!! =D

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  7. kroepfli says:

    ..sehr unterhaltsam und vor allem auch gut geschrieben! Es ist doch immer wieder “schön”, was man an einer fremden Uni so erleben kann…

  8. Paola. says:

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